The works of García Lorca, internationally recognized as Spain's most prominent lyric poet and dramatist of the twentieth century, are filled with thinly veiled homosexual motifs and themes.
There has always been homosexual involvement in American musical theatre and a homosexual sensibility even in straight musicals, and recently the Broadway musical has welcomed openly homosexual themes and situations.
Best known for his genius in art and architecture, Michelangelo was also an accomplished author of homoerotic poetry.
The African-American gay male literary tradition consists of a substantial body of texts and includes some of the most gifted writers of the twentieth century.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Langston Hughes, whose literary legacy is enormous and varied, was closeted, but homosexuality was an important influence on his literary imagination, and many of his poems may be read as gay texts.
James Baldwin, a pioneering figure in twentieth-century literature, wrote sustained and articulate challenges to American racism and mandatory heterosexuality.
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
Congratulations to Brigadier General John Fletcher, who has recently been appointed Chaplain General to the Canadian Forces. An Anglican priest and a 33-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Fletcher is apparently Canada's first openly gay Chaplain General.
As Kamila Hinkson reports in the Toronto Star, Fletcher will be overseeing the religious needs of Canada's troops, shoring up what the Defense Department calls its chaplaincy's "inclusive, welcoming culture."
Fletcher will head a chaplain corps that includes 335 spiritual leaders in both the Forces and the reserves, representing various branches of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths. The role of the Chaplaincy is to support and care for all Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families, "wherever they live and serve, empowering them spiritually and morally to meet the demands of military service."
Fletcher came out to military colleagues not long after a landmark court decision struck down a ban on homosexuals in the Canadian military in 1992.
In an interview, Fletcher acknowledged that some may find it odd, or even scandalous, that he is a career military man, a priest, and a homosexual. "I equally understand that some people will be excited and encouraged by the openness of my own church, to allow me to exercise this ministry and certainly encouraged that I'm free to work within a Canadian military that simply doesn't discriminate on (the basis of) these things," he said.
Although Fletcher seems to be the first openly gay Chaplain General, that designation may not be accurate. Captain Matt Zalot, chief of military personnel public affairs, said that the Canadian Armed Forces "does not keep track of or inquire about the sexual orientation of our members, so I really couldn't say if Padre Fletcher is the highest-ranking, openly-gay CAF member, Chaplain General or otherwise."
Hinkson reports that "As a child growing up in St. Stephen, N.B., [Fletcher] aspired to become a minister. In high school, cognizant of the 'uncool' factor of his chosen profession and bolstered by a love of math and science, he decided to become a pilot instead."
Enticed by the promise of subsidized education and job training, he enrolled at the Royal Military College right out of high school. However, midway through his course of study, his first love beckoned, and he switched his focus from piloting planes to composing sermons.
Fletcher, who has been with his partner Nelson Usher for 16 years, said that the acceptance he has received within both his church and the Canadian military is "just another example of that same sort of trend that we as Canadians should celebrate and embrace." He added that we should "continue to look at the barriers that might be elsewhere that are keeping people from pursuing vocations they are qualified, or feeling called to go and do."
In an interview with Laura Stone of Global News, Fletcher said that "The Canadian military is Canada's military, and we want to be reflective of the nation and the people that we serve."
He also observed, "There's so much energy that becomes wasted in life when we're not able to live who we authentically are." He added, "I'm just so grateful that we live in [a] place, and that I work in a military and in a church, where those issues don't need to preoccupy the energy."
The video below reports on the appointment of Fletcher.